AT&T drops bid for T-Mobile; Cable has edge in growing broadband share through 2020

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> AT&T said Monday it has dropped its bid to purchase T-Mobile and will pay $4 billion as a penalty for not completing its deal. Article

> As DSL withers away over the next decade and the need for speed increases, cable will pick up considerable share of the U.S. broadband market--rising from 60 percent today to nearly 70 percent by 2020, according to Sanford Bernstein senior analyst Craig Moffett's projections. Article

> Moldavian operator Moldtelecom started offering its IPTV customers access to the Internet through their TVs. Using their remote control, customers can access at no extra cost the social networking websites Facebook and Odnoklassniki, various news portals, entertainment websites, e-mail accounts as well as other useful links. Article

> SureWest Communications is giving free speed upgrades for its commercial Internet customers in the Kansas City market who are served over its hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) network. Article

> New research from Nielsen shows that gaming consoles increasingly are being to stream movies and TV shows. Article

> Since debuting in October 2009, movie channel Epix hasn't managed to crack the lineup with Comcast, DirecTV or Time Warner Cable. But, the company has hitched a ride on Netflix, which has helped it soar. Article

> Dish Network , to its credit, has never been shy about sharing big ideas. Now, it says, it's looking to roll out an OTT service. Article

> Andrew Burke, who has been the face of U.K.-based Amino Technologies as it pushed to become a player in the hybrid set-top box market in the United States, has resigned from his chief executive post. Article

> FreeWheel, an Internet video ad-management provider, is teaming up with This Technology LLC to let cable networks manage dynamic VOD ads from within the FreeWheel system. Article

> Hulu, which earlier this year signed a deal with Univision for Spanish-language content, has rolled out a dedicated Spanish-language programming service, signing deals with 11 additional content providers. Article

And finally... Problems could be looming for Santa this Christmas Eve. A store in the U.K. had a big run on canned reindeer pâté, and it said demand is growing. Now Dasher, now Dancer, next Prancer and Vixen? Oh, my! Article